Bangladesh started playing the game of cricket in 1977 as an associate nation. Later, they were granted “Test Status” by the ICC in 2000, which allowed them to play test cricket regularly as a full member. Since then, the real journey of this team has begun in the longest format of the game. Over the years, this team has seen many ups and downs.
Competing against the other strong test-playing nations was never going to be easy. But Bangladesh has moved up step by step. However, during this duration, they have failed badly as well. A number of teams and batters have enjoyed playing against them. Thus, there are a number of big partnerships registered against this team. And we will look at the top highest test partnerships against Bangladesh in test cricket.
Highest Partnership against Bangladesh in Test
|Jacques Rudolph and Boeta Dippenaar||429*||3rd||South Africa||Chattogram||24 Apr 2003|
|Neil McKenzie and Graeme Smith||415||1st||South Africa||Chattogram||29 Feb 2008|
|Dimuth Karunaratne and Dhananjaya de Silva||345||4th||Sri Lanka||Pallekele||21 Apr 2021|
|Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum||339||6th||New Zealand||Hamilton||15 Feb 2010|
|Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels||326||3rd||West Indies||Khulna||21 Nov 2012|
|Jason Gillespie and Mike Hussey||320||4th||Australia||Chattogram||16 Apr 2006|
|Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene||311||3rd||Sri Lanka||Kandy||11 Jul 2007|
|Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva||308||2nd||Sri Lanka||Chattogram||31 Jan 2018|
|Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Denesh Ramdin||296*||5th||West Indies||Mirpur||13 Nov 2012|
|Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan||283||1st||India||Fatullah||10 Jun 2015|
3. Dimuth Karunaratne and Dhananjaya de Silva (345 runs) for 4th wicket in 2021
The most recent big partnership againt Bangladesh came in April 2021 when they toured Sri Lanka for two tests. It was made in the first test in Pallekele, which was a high-scoring drawn match. After winning the toss, Bangladesh decided to bat first. They batted well and declared their first inning at 541/7 in 173 overs. Najmul Hossain Shanto (163) and Mominul Haque (127) scored centuries for them. However, Sri Lanka performed even better in their first inning.
Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne added a big partnership for the fourth wicket with Dhananjaya de Silva. Both batters added 345 runs and scored big centuries. De Silva got out on 166 runs while Karunaratne scored his career-best score. He made 244 runs. As a result, Sri Lanka reached 648/8 in 179, and they declared the inning. Bangladesh only batted for 33 overs in the second inning and made 100/2 when the game ended in a draw.
2. Neil McKenzie and Graeme Smith (415 runs) for 1st wicket in 2008
When two batters score a double century each in a partnership, then that partnership breaks many records. That’s what happened when South Africa locked horns with Bangladesh in February–March 2008 in Chattogram. It was the second test of the series and South Africa batted first. Both South African openers gave them a dream start and made their own double centuries. Neil McKenzie and Graeme Smith added 415 runs for the opening wicket.
McKenzie made 226 off 388, and Smith scored 232 off 277 balls. South Africa reached 583/7 in 161.1 overs and declared their first inning. But that was not the case with Bangladesh. As they got bowled out for 259 runs in 70.4 overs in their first inning. South Africa forced the follow-on on them. In the second inning, Bangladesh batted even worse and got all out for 119 runs. Thus, South Africa won by an inning and 205 runs.
1. Jacques Rudolph and Boeta Dippenaar (439* runs) for 3rd wicket in 2003
Again, it was South Africa that scored the highest partnership against Bangladesh in test cricket. It came in the first match of two tests in April 2003 in Chattogram. Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat first. Their batters couldn’t prove the decision right, and the whole team got dismissed for just 173 runs in around two sessions. In reply, South Africa also lost both openers for just 41 runs in 7.3 overs.
But those were the only wickets for them in that inning. Then, Jacques Rudolph and Boeta Dippenaar added a massive unbeaten third-wicket partnership, which is the highest against Bangladesh. Both batters added 429 runs. Rudolph made a double century and scored 222 not out, and Dippenaar remained unbeaten on 177. South Africa declared at 470/2 with a lead of 297 runs. Then, they dismissed Bangladesh for 237 runs and won by an inning and 60 runs.